Michael Horse

Actor, Fiddle player, Rodeo rider
Michael Horse is a character actor whose roles have frequently emphasized his Native American heritage. Straight out of the gate, in his first screen role, Horse was cast as Tonto in "The Legend of the Lone Ranger," the ... Read more »
Born: 12/21/1951


Actor (38)

Twin Peaks 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)


Hell on Wheels 2014 (Tv Show)


Sons of Tucson 2010 (Tv Show)


Bone Eater 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)


JAG 2004 (Tv Show)


Arli$$ 1996 - 2003 (TV Show)


Birdseye 2002 (Movie)


Malcolm in the Middle 2000, 2002 (Tv Show)


Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron 2002 (Movie)

Voice of Little Creek's Friend (Actor)

Roswell 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)


The X-Files 1993 - 1994, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)


Walker, Texas Ranger 1993 - 1994, 1998 - 2000 (Tv Show)


Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)


Thanks 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


The Legend of Calamity Jane 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? 1993 - 1998 (TV Show)


Navajo Blues 1997 (Movie)


What-A-Mess 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


500 Nations 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Lakota Woman: Seige at Wounded Knee 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Riders in the Storm 1995 (Movie)

Dirty Bob (Actor)

Skeeter 1994 (Movie)


The Untouchables 1992 - 1994 (TV Show)


Wild West C.O.W Boys of Moo Mesa 1992 - 1994 (TV Show)


House of Cards 1993 (Movie)

Stoker (Actor)

The Wild West 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Passenger 57 1992 (Movie)

Forget (Actor)

The Avenging 1991 (Movie)

Josiah Anderson (Actor)

Border Shootout 1989 (Movie)


Buckeye and Blue 1988 (Movie)


Deadly Weapon 1988 (Movie)

Indian Joe (Actor)

Rented Lips 1988 (Movie)

Bobby Leaping Mouse (Actor)

The Check Is in the Mail 1986 (Movie)

Pool Attendant (Actor)

I Love Liberty 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)


The Legend of the Lone Ranger 1981 (Movie)

Tonto (Actor)

Hollywood Beat (TV Show)


Twin Peaks (TV Show)

Music (1)

Smoke Signals 1998 (Movie)

player(Small Talk/looping group) (Music)


Michael Horse is a character actor whose roles have frequently emphasized his Native American heritage. Straight out of the gate, in his first screen role, Horse was cast as Tonto in "The Legend of the Lone Ranger," the 1981 western film version of the legendary radio and TV program that was not at all well-received, despite appearances by respected actors like Jason Robards and Christopher Lloyd (The film even earned a few Razzie Awards). Horse's roles through the decade, mainly playing Indians, did not fare much better, though they weren't nearly as visible as "The Lone Ranger" film. In 1990, however, Horse landed a recurring role on David Lynch's brief but culturally pervasive crime mystery, "Twin Peaks," playing Deputy Tommy "Hawk" Hill, appearing in 28 episodes over the series' two seasons. Horse's scenes were cut from the 1992 film prequel, "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me," but that same year, he earned a supporting part in the successful Wesley Snipes airplane crime thriller, "Passenger 57," playing the curiously-named Forget. In 2002, Horse provided the voice of Little Creek's Friend for the Dreamworks animated movie "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron," but otherwise, his film projects have been marginal. On television, he has found numerous recurring roles, most substantially as Andrew One Sky on the drama "North of 60" (from 1995 to 1997) and as Mike Proudfoot on the comedy "Sons of Tuscon" in 2010. Horse is also an artist, who specializes in Native American themed paintings and jewelry.




studied acting with Joan Darling

American Indian Art Institute




Regular role on David Lynch's TV series, "Twin Peaks"


Regular role on TV series, "Hollywood Beat"


TV movie debut, "I Love Liberty"


Feature acting debut as Tonto in "The Legend of the Lone Ranger"

Supported himself as an oil worker in Texas, a wrangler, a cowboy, a rodeo rider and a fiddler with bluegrass and country-music bands

Returned to Los Angeles to concentrate on career as silver artisan

Moved with family to San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles at age 10; began creating silver jewlery during early childhood

Served in Vietnam as a gunner in the Mekong Delta; wounded twice

Bonus Trivia


Horse's mother and aunts are widely known as American Indian potters and painters. He himself is known for the inlaid gold and silver jewlery pieces he creates and shows in galleries and museums around the world. Horse spent time in the Mekong Delta as a gunner during Vietnam, and was wounded twice. He is of Zuni, Mescalero apache, and Yaqui as well as Hispanic and Swedish descent. Horse counsels inner-city youth in LA on a volunteer basis.